Decks cleared for G'barga airport

Lease agreement inked with executing agency

The GADL has begun construction of the compound wall. The project is expected to be completed in 24 months. The construction of the long-awaited airport has begun 10 years after acquiring the land.

The land has been given to GADL on a lease rent of Rs 15,111 per acre per year with an increase of 10 per cent every three year for 30 years.

The payment of lease rental by the executing agency has been deferred for 10 years. However, in lieu of it, the administration has secured a bank guarantee for an amount equivalent to 10 year lease rent which amounts to about Rs 17. 5 crore.

“Payment of rentals has been deferred for 10 years and in its place bank guarantee has been obtained only to ensure that the GADL honours its commitment of completing the airport project,’’ Deputy Commissioner R Vishal told Deccan Herald. The deferred payment will be paid as a bullet payment along with the lease rent for the eleventh year.

As per plans, the airport will be completed in two phases. Under phase-I basic infrastructure required for an airport such as runway, buildings, etc, will be constructed at a cost of Rs 25 crore and in phase-II other works will be taken up at a cost of Rs 50 crore. The airport, as per the present estimation,  costs Rs 75 crore.

The lone Madiyal Tanda at the airport site has been shifted.  “The Tanda having 110 houses will get foolproof rehabilitation and the people living earlier in the Tanda will have better living conditions in the new area,’’ Vishal said. The Tanda was located in about three acres of land and now it has been shifted to a sprawling 26 acres.
All essential services such as water, power, roads, school, community centre, etc will be provided at the relocation site, the DC added.

Boost for tourism
The airport is expected to give a fillip to industrialisation tourism in Gulbarga district in particular, and Hyderabad-Karnataka region in general.
Apart from the four existing big cement units, 10 new cement factories are said to be in the pipeline with the government identifying Gulbarga as the cement corridor. An apparel park is also being established.

Moreover, the famous Khaja Bandanawaz Darga, the Sharanabasaveswhara temple, the architectural wonder Jama Masjid in the historical fort, the Vijnaneshwar Bhavan at Martur which is poised to become a major national centre of studies and research in Indian jurisprudence have opened up new vistas for tourism.
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